- Updates on Friday 20 October 2017
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A nimble-fingered pensioner has knitted 24 teddies for the Great North Air Ambulance Service.Copyright: HARTLEPOOL MAIL
Cloud thickening this evening with a spell of heavier rain crossing all parts, clearing during the early hours of Saturday.
Becoming windy.Copyright: BBC
Labour MP Mike Hill says Hartlepool is already seeing the damaging effects of the government’s controversial Universal Credit as he joined calls to pause its roll-out to the rest of the country.Copyright: Hartlepool Mail
A woman and a five-year-old boy were hit by a car in a Cramlington car park.
It happened at Manor Walks Shopping Centre when a Nissan Leaf drove forward and struck the 38-year-old pedestrian and the child.
They both suffered serious but non-life threatening injuries in the incident at 17:15 on 2 October.
Police are trying to establish what happened.
A Middlesbrough man has been given a suspended sentence for selling loaded Kodi boxes.
But what are they?
- Some shops sell ready-to-use set-top boxes or television sticks preloaded with the Kodi software.
- They are also known as Android boxes, because many of the devices run Android as their primary operating system.
- The developers behind Kodi say their software does not contain any content of its own and is designed to play legally owned media or content "freely available" on the internet.
- However, the software can be modified with third-party add-ons that provide access to pirated copies of films and TV series, or provide free access to subscription television channels.
- Some traders sell Kodi boxes preloaded with such third-party add-ons that can access pirated content.
- It is the sale of these "fully-loaded" boxes which was the subject of the case against Mr Thompson.
A Middlesbrough shop owner has been given a suspended sentence after he admitted selling modified TV boxes that could illegally stream football and films.
Brian Thompson, 55, had originally denied any offences and set up the prospect of a landmark court case relating to the sale of Kodi boxes.Copyright: BBC
However, at Teesside Crown Court last month he admitted two charges related to their sale and advertising.
Kodi developers have said boxes should not be used to access blocked content.
Thompson, of Barnaby Avenue in Middlesbrough, was sentenced to 18 months in prison, suspended for two years.
The court heard Thompson had sold an estimated 400 TV boxes, earning about £40,000.
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It's Friday and despite the gloomy weather Durham Constabulary is sharing the happiness with a picture of their pup Oscar.
Happy Friday everybody.
Massadio Haidara has been training, Rafa Benitez has confirmed.
He added: "Still, we have Paul Dummett out. Dwight Gayle has had a little problem with his calf and is not ready for this game.”
Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez on a potential takeover of the club: “My opinion is we have to play against Crystal Palace. I have to concentrate on that.
"We talk about football. I know the history and opinions. Let’s be sure we prepare set pieces, tactics, what we can do in the game.”
"My position is simple. I am the manager and I concentrate on football. I have to be sure my players think about three points.”
Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez has been speaking ahead of the Palace game.
He said: “We have a good team with young players and they are improving. I am positive in terms of what we can achieve.
"The fans, the club, the potential, is massive. If we do well on the pitch, everything is easier.
“Crystal Palace have played some good football. They did really well (against Chelsea) so they will have confidence, but no game is easy.”
The sheer dominance by the top two social classes of Oxford and Cambridge University admissions has been revealed in newly released data.
The data, obtained by David Lammy MP, shows a "shocking" regional bias, with more offers made to Home Counties pupils than the whole of northern England.
The data on admissions by region provided by the universities themselves showed:
- The North West, the North East, Yorkshire and the Humber between them received 15% of Oxford offers and 17% of Cambridge offers.
The research also revealed that 27.9% of pupils in Middlesbrough qualify for free school meals, while only 5.5% qualify in Buckinghamshire.